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The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
~ Luke 4:18

The Parish News & Events page needs your participation

Welcome to the News & Events page

We welcome news stories from the parish for the News & Events page of the new website. Have you been to the pantomime, on a pilgrimage, or attended an inter-faith event? We want your photos and your stories! We can provide professional editing, so don't be shy if you don't consider yourself a "writer". Your story is valuable! Alternately, you may want to share your journey in faith to encourage others. Has your faith helped you overcome adversity, or revealed a new path in life? We'd love to hear about it! Thank you for sharing your stories. Please send your stories and photos to the Parish Office.

CAFOD Our Common Home

“We know that approximately a third of all food is discarded, and whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.”
~ Pope Francis Laudato Si

Upcoming Events

Oberammergau 2020
Start planning now for the trip of a lifetime! The Oberammeragau Passion play commemorating the village's salvation from the bubonic plague in 1634 is performed every ten years. There are places available on Pax Travel's coach trip from 16th-22nd September 2020. The cost is £1179 per person. Please email Bernadette Cawley on: blivesey@outlook.com or ring her on: 01274 826343 for a brochure.

Parish Trip to Filey Monday 8th July 2019
The coach will be picking up from St. Aidan’s at 8.15am and St. Walburga’s at 8.30am and returning at approximately 8.30pm. The cost is £29 per person and includes a Fish and Chips Tea. Could you please put your name on the sheet, available at the back of both Churches.

Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes
The Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place between 5-11th July this year. Doctors, nurses and carers are needed as part of our amazing hospitality team. For more information come to the Information Evening at St. Mary's School LS9 8LA at 7 pm on Tuesday the 19th March.

Annual Pilgrimage of Reparation and Consecration to Our Lady of Mount Grace Shrine
Osmotherley Saturday 13th July. The coach will leave from St. Walburga’s at 8.45am anddepart Osmotherley at 6.30pm.The cost is £20 with a reduction for families.

Recent Events

Easter Flowers
Flower arrangement for Easter.

Some beautiful Eastertide flower arrangements from the two churches of the Parish.

Visit to one of Bradford's historic places of worship
Bradford Tree of Life Synagogue

Fr Keiron and parishioners were part of a group organised by the Bradford Interfaith Prayers for Peace invited by the congregation of the Bradford Tree of Life Synagogue to attend their Sabbath Morning Service on 23rd March. The Synagogue is a beautiful but often overlooked building on Bowland Street in Manningham. It has long played a leading role in building interfaith relations in the district, out of all proportion to the size of its membership.
Rabbi Douglas Charing of Leeds led the service and Rudi Leavor, the well known Cantor the singing. The words of the service in both Hebrew and English took us immediately into the religious origins of Jesus and of our own liturgy, in its prayers, use of the Psalms and readings from the Torah scrolls, the whole a reverent and moving expression of the abiding faith of our Jewish neighbours in the living and joyful presence of the Word of God in Scripture.

Our visitors stood round the reading Desk at the end of the service with its Hebrew words: “The Tree of Life” a reference to the life and joy to be found in hearing the words of God in the Torah. In October 2018, eleven worshippers were gunned down at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The formerly named ‘Bradford Synagogue ‘ decided to change its name to ‘The Tree if Life Bradford Synagogue’ in a linked memorial to those who died in America. With thanks to the Bradford Jewish Community and the Bradford Interfaith Prayers for Peace for what was a much appreciated experience and share in the life of our Jewish friends.

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Winter Shelter
Volunteers have fun in the kitchen.

Another successful Winter Shelter week came to end during the first week in March when we bid our guests goodbye for another year.
Each year our parish hosts a shelter for up to twelve homeless individuals in St Aidan's church hall. This is part of an interdenominational charity called Innchurches . Volunteers are involved in driving the minibus that collects the guests each evening, in cooking breakfasts, in providing delicious home cooked evening meals each day and in providing night support. Guests are also provided with games and entertainment, a visit from a GP and a complementary pedicure.

Parishioners who are unable to volunteer contribute through a collection and by praying for the success of the week. Our guests are on a journey back to a more regular life. While we and all the other churches offer them a home over the winter the Innchurches charity is sorting out their long terms needs, jobs, housing and help with other problems.
Guests and volunteers alike have enjoyed a wonderful uplifting week in which we have been able to demonstrate our love for our fellow man in Jesus' name.

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Panto
Children of the parish enjoy meeting the panto stars.

Around 90 parishioners, both young and old had a wonderful time at the parish trip to the panto. We all enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with ice cream in the interval and lots of laughs. The panto was excellent with audience participation and plenty of songs to join in with. The altar servers really love this treat and are looking forward to next year already!

Parish Stories

WIP (WORK IN PROGRESS).
Our Parish Stories section is a WIP and under construction. This section will be populated as and when contents become available.

News from the Catholic World

Will the Amazon Synod herald far-reaching changes for the Catholic Church?

Bishop Franz-Joseph Bode, a prominent German Bishop, in a recent interview suggested that there could be discussion about introducing a new model of married priests who also hold down a civil job. Bishop Bode stated that he expected this model to be introduced by the Latin American bishops at the October Synod. Another German Bishop, Franz-Joseph Overbeck suggested that there might also be discussion about new roles for women in the Church, citing the important role played by women religious, particularly in the Amazon region. (LifeSite Blog. 9 May 2019)

Pope Francis expresses solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers

Pope Francis has sent the Vatican almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, to the Greek island of Lesbos to evaluate the ongoing situation and report on what measures can be taken to help the refugees and asylum seekers trapped on Lesbos and a handful of other islands. Cardinal Krajewski stated that the Pope's message was one of hope and closeness. Daniela Pompei of the Community of St Egidio, who organised the trip, explained that Cardinal Krajewski's visit was an expression of one of Pope Francis' key ideas, "a revolution of tenderness". (Crux 8 May 2019)

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